Picture, for a moment, unleashing the perfect tee shot at Pebble Beach, or sinking an impossible birdie putt at St. Andrews?but never stepping foot outside Nassau County. At Pinnacle Indoor Golf Center, you can play rounds at more than 50 championship courses loaded into the facility's full-swing simulators. These simulators feature infrared ball tracking systems, which gauge every shot's speed, launch angle, and real-time ball flight. The simulators even feature digital driving ranges and practice holes, meaning you can warm-up properly instead of rubbing two of your clubs together to make a fire.
Practice is the foundation of golf. Without it, the game can be frustrating, eventually sending golfers' into a fragile state of agitation. Knowing how important practice is, Indian Head Golf Park's instructors and staff focus their efforts on helping golfers improve their game. At the park's well-lit driving range, staff members keep golfers well stocked with buckets of range balls to blow off steam as they aim for the ball-retriever cart. Instructor Bob Greenstein works with students during private lessons to fine-tune their swings, and he hosts junior golf camps during summer to introduce youngsters to the game.
At Village Green Miniature Golf, dimpled orbs roll along two different 18-hole courses. As a reward for executing perfect putts and remembering the words to the Happy Birthday song during a friend's party, visitors can gorge on pizza, soda, and ice cream sandwiches.
Turtle Cove Golf Center sprinkles summer with the pixie dust of outdoor activities ranging from miniature golf to smacking fastballs in batting cages. A course with 18 mini-golf greens peppered between bright flowers and rippling water lures putters, and the 55 hitting stations at the center's 450-yard grass driving range beckon players looking to vent aggression through full-force swings or whispered threats to their tees. After bagging their clubs, guests can swing into batting cages to whack baseballs and softballs or relax at the Turtle Cove Café and munch on a hamburger.
In addition to practice facilities, Turtle Cove offers professional guidance on the art of the swing during lessons. PGA professionals employ high-speed digital-video analysis to break down each pupil’s form and technique as they drive, chip, and drop-kick golf balls into the hole.
With sweeping views of Bethpage State Park Golf Course, the idyllic setting of the 2009 U.S. Golf Open Championship, Taste 99 at Carlyle on the Green matches its majestic surrounds with an ornate interior and a versatile menu of upscale American eats. Chef Phil Abshire updates classic steakhouse fare with exotic flavors and creative fish dishes, taking care to balance his tasty innovations with reverence to simple, expertly seared steaks. His culinary feats are enjoyed in a grandiose dining space marked by cream-colored walls, ceiling beams, and a portrait of the inventor of golf, Tiger Woods. When the sun decides to smile upon earth creatures, diners can plop into outdoor patio seating and sip a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list.
Monster Mini Golf welcomes guests of all ages with 18 holes of spooky, glow-in-the-dark fun. Fog machines, colorful lasers, and special effects lighting surround the custom-designed indoor course. Meanwhile, an energetic soundtrack of 70s, 80s, and 90s party music keeps spirits high as the visitors conquer each hole’s monster-themed obstacles and hazards. In between songs, the course DJ pumps up the crowds with interactive games and trivia questions, rewarding lucky winners with take-home prizes. Groups of family and friends can visit Monster Mini Golf’s arcade and play on the glowing air hockey tables, skee-ball machines, and other games.